Video clip of Dr. Robert Spitzer discussing sexual orientation research

View a clip of Dr. Robert Spitzer discussing his research regarding sexual orientation. The clip is from the documentary, I Do Exist. … [Read more...]

New poll on public perceptions of sexuality

Scientific American MIND Nationwide Poll Reveals Surprising Perceptions of Sexual Orientation Among Americans50% Believe Choice Plays No Role in Sexual Orientation; 47% Believe "All People Have the Potential to Be Attracted to Members of Both Sexes"NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/06/2006 -- Half of all Americans believe sexual orientation is "innate, genetic or predetermined by other factors such as environment," a new nationwide Zogby Interactive poll shows. The surprising findings are … [Read more...]

Some reflections on Brokeback Mountain: The story

"What Jack remembered and craved in a way he could neither help nor understand was the time that distant summer on Brokeback when Ennis had come up behind him and pulled him close, the silent embrace satisfying some shared and sexless hunger." Annie Proulx - Brokeback Mountain.I have yet to see Brokeback Mountain. However, I have read the short story and so my comments are based on the brief tale of the same name by Annie Proulx. About the movie, it’s by now like the Gulf Coast to me: I have … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous for the new week

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is applauding the MassK team for using the F word regarding the Alito nomination. No, I mean filibuster. Can't the special interest groups wake up and smell the pandering?That being said, conservatives are pretty nervous. I received some emails today suggesting some moderates are on the fence. One conservative group last week sang a song about Alito in the Capitol to the tune of Maria from West Side Story. I think this could have been what pushed those … [Read more...]

Discussion including Ariel Shidlo, Doug Haldeman, Mark Yarhouse and me.

FYI - There is an article in the new issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity that includes a discussion among the participants in an APA symposium in 2000. This is a follow up to that symposium. The symposium was published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice in 2002. … [Read more...]

Uninformed Consent: Abortion and Mental Health Consequences

Uninformed Consent: Abortion and Mental Health Consequences Warren Throckmorton, PhDRecent research from Norway and New Zealand has reported an association between abortion and subsequent mental health problems. Although the two reports are not the first to suggest such a relationship, they are well-designed studies suggesting that abortion may be linked to negative mental health reactions for some women.The Norwegian study compared the experiences of women who had miscarriages with those … [Read more...]

Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women?

Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women? Warren Throckmorton, PhDA new study from New Zealand, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, raises important questions about the impact of abortion on the mental health of women. Researchers found that those reporting abortion prior to age 21 had rates of mental disorders from age 21 to 25 that were over 1.5 times higher than the rates for women who did not become pregnant and those who became pregnant and did not seek an … [Read more...]

Face it: Brains are plastic.

Another brain study showing differences between gays and straights. … [Read more...]